Bad news travels fast, and that’s certainly been the case with the passing of Mary Wilson.
The Supremes co-founder died Monday (Feb. 8) at the age of 76, just weeks after leading celebrations for the iconic all-girl group’s 60th anniversary.
With Wilson a constant, The Supremes went about setting the charts alight, influencing culture and smashing down barriers. They also changed pop music forever.
With The Supremes, Wilson achieved an unprecedented 12 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, with five straight from 1964-1965.
In 2018, Billboard celebrated Motown’s milestone anniversary with a list of “The Hot 100’s Top Artists of All Time.” The Supremes came in at No. 16, and they’re recognized as the No. 1 female recording group of all time.
As late owls in North America absorbed the shock early Tuesday, Motown fans in Europe woke up to the tragic development. Richard Marx, Paul Stanley and many others turned to social media to share their thoughts.